Newspaper Remembrances

February 15, 2012

Paul and his siblings were part our childhood lifestyle from St Bernadette’s through Gateway. It was good to see his graduation pix on the Gateway website. He created a reputation for his family to uphold. We will see him again someday, but not yet.

Daniel Robison, Cypress, California 

January 23, 2012

I remember Paul as Mr. Lundie in the Gateway High School performance of Brigadoon, our big fund raiser for the Senior Choir trip to England. “Aye, Tommy, you must really love her, you woke me up”. I really did not know of all of his accomplishments until I read the obituary. Makes me proud that I knew him.

Bill Stratton, Catlettsbury, Kentucky 

January 09, 2012

I will always remember Paul as my best voice teacher! His encouragement and support created great confidence in me. He will be sorely missed.

Maria Manna, Rockaway, New Jersey

January 07, 2012

Paul was a friend from 1st grade thru 12th. He led our high school folk group at St. Bernadette’s. Funniest memory: He wanted us to be very professional and tried to pass along what he learned in Senior Choir from V. Lee Harrity. Trying to get us to enunciate the lyrics to “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” Paul said, “Oh, as much as I hate to say this. . . You have to sing the “t” at the end of the word at the beginning of the next. So it’s “And le. . . tit begin with me.” Of course the mature guys in the folk choir couldn’t help but snicker through the verse. So happy to read that he was able to take his music to the next level (and many more levels) after high school.

Jackie Cahill Lilly, Charleston, West Virginia

January 06, 2012

My sincere condolences. Paul was a very gifted musician and a wonderful teacher. He was my voice teacher several years ago and I was sorry to hear of his passing.
Linda Lynch

January 05, 2012

Paul was my inspirational voice teacher for 20 years. Paul helped me maintain enthusiasm for music and singing. He will be sorely missed.

Barbara Cardinale

January 05, 2012

Paul and I met at a room high up in the Carnegie building over Carnegie Hall in 1977 for our audition for the State University of New York at Buffalo graduate program in music composition. From that day forward Paul was a guide – to ideas, possibilities, and all that life can offer. It was an honor to be his friend – to hear his voice, his music and share in his amazing adventure.
Bernadette Speach (Brooklyn, NY) 

January 04, 2012

I am so sorry for this loss of a man who changed so many pathways for people. Paul, was not only a vocal coach for me, but he encouraged me to find happiness within myself. He wanted me to find the courage to entertain again, to hear the love within the applause, to see the faces of joy and tears of the audience. I unfortunately let him down, and did not ever make it to any auditions, but he said it was always “out there” for me. I thank my cousin, B for introducing me to a great man. I am sorry that the curtain fell way too soon for Paul.

Cherie Davide, Scotch Plains, New Jersey

January 04, 2012

Remembering Paul…the man who gave me a voice…the man who gave such incredible support and encouragement…the man who saw in me what I couldn’t see in myself! Much love and many blessings to all the family and friends of this most wonderful man.

Beth Bachmann, Morristown, New Jersey 

January 04, 2012

We will all miss Paul dearly. He always made such beautiful music, both in his compositions and in his singing. I just posted this performance from last spring where he does my early work, “Valentine.” in concert at Piano Magic in Tribeca, NY. RIP. Paul.

Bunita Marcus, Brooklyn, New York

January 04, 2012

So very sad for all the family. Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to all.

Susan Thompson, Irwin, Pennsylvania

January 03, 2012

For two years Anna has been taking voice lessons with Paul at the same time every week. I remember them preparing for her first recital and he asked if she would be the first to sing because she was his youngest student (11 years old). Of course she said yes to Paul because how could you say no to him! And Anna has found something she loves because of Paul’s support and unbelievable talent. He had such a way about him that made her feel so very confident. When Anna auditioned for the middle school play he would always call to see how the audition went. He would go to the school plays to see his students perform. We were always so excited to see him there.
Sometimes Anna would complain about going to her lesson because she was tired and it was right after school. But every time I picked her up she would get in the car and say “I love Paul”. Because he would make her feel so good about herself and it is sometimes hard to feel good going through middle school.
I will miss sitting on the bench in the hallway in Theresa and Paul’s home listening to Anna and Paul sing while Paul played the piano. The music was always so beautiful and I would leave with a smile. And I will miss every Tuesday, just talking to him.
I only wish I had gotten to know him better.
Sending much love and sympathy to Theresa and family. We will miss Paul so very much. He is irreplaceable.

Teal Roscott Elston, Chatham,  New Jersey

 January 03, 2012

So sad for all the family, sending love and sympathy from Pittsburgh. So talented he was, God comfort each of you,

Kathy McNamara Svilar, Monroeville, Pennsylvania 

January 03, 2012

My deepest sympathies to Paul’s wife and family. I pray that you will be comforted by your friends and your faith. I so enjoyed singing with Paul in high school and going to England with him after our senior year. The 1971 graduating class of Gateway High School has lost one of its brightest stars.

Peggy Wilhite Rowe, Wadsworth, Ohio 

January 03, 2012

Paul taught me to sing and was the most supportive, talented, and wonderful man I’ve ever met. I love you and will miss you Paul.

Jen Ahlstrom, Los Angeles, California

January 03, 2012

As my voice teacher and friend, Paul gave me so much. Singing is my best “therapy,” and he was there as I dealt with divorce, family deaths, and new found love, helping me express myself in song. I will always be grateful. Theresa, thinking of you and Paul’s family with much love.

Valerie Davia, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 

January 03, 2012

My Condolences, Love & Light to Theresa & Family. I feel fortunate to have known Paul, a unique & gifted artist, a kind & gentle man.

Lara Gonzalez, North Adams, Massachusetts